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I'm quite new to gardening, only 2 seasons or so. I took a PH test and checked my soil, I have a slightly acid soil with stones and some clay. Luckily I have some good compost from the previous ppl that lived in the house so i've mulched it into the soil in the picture.

The bed is parital sunny, with morning sun and afternoon shade. I'm planning on planting some echinacea purpurea, Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii and Primula 'Crescendo Bright Red'  in the bed in the picture.

When is a good time to plant? Is it now or shall I wait till spring to buy and plant?
 Also, does anyone know what the tree is on the right? I've been pruning this back quite a bit year but it likes to get big!thanks so much!


your tree is Prunus laurocerasus, known as laurel or cherry laurel

last year I was advised not to plant out echinacea in the autumn. The rudbeckia could be planted now or spring but the primula I'd plant now ready for early spring


Did the tree flower in the spring?  Do the leaves drop off in winter or stay on all year round?

Primulas can be planted now to flower in the spring. The others I would plant in the spring .


it was the bark that made me think laurel fb. I don't know magnolias, so may well be wrong


The leaves look like my magnolia grandiflora, except mines 20ft high. I prune it as little as possible.



I thought it was a magnolia as well.


yes, I'd go with fidgebones pokhim. 


If it is a grandiflora, I would let it go up. The flowers are gorgeous but dotted through the summer. There is a fantastic specimen outside a church in St Ives.(Cornwall)

Just checked online and it is a magnolia!!! Thanks for your help! It flowers white and is very pretty, but it got way too huge so had to cut it back down as I need the sunlight for my flowerbed. I can see lots of buds on the bush so I think it'll still be nice in summer.....

What else can I do? I only have a small garden and I would like the light for my flower bed...


Magnolia Grandiflora are huge trees. It may be that it will flower, but it is most likely that  you might have to look at the option of clearing it and putting something different in the space.

maybe I can put a hydrangea there instead....

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